Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Does a physician need to be present when contrast is administered for an echo?

A:  It is recommended that a physician be readily available, but it is not necessary for a physician to be present.

 

Q:  Is it required to get written patient consent for the use of contrast?

A:  Written consent is not necessary.  Verbal consent (i.e. a discussion of indications, benefits, and potential risks), as with any medication given, is obtained; there is no need for specific documentation of this, unless your institution requires such documentation for all medications given (i.e. a UEA should be handled no differently).

A summary of best practices by various institutions can be found in the appendix of the 2014 sonographer guidelines update (located after the references).

ASE and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) are pleased to announce that CMS has approved the ImageGuide Registry® as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for 2020. The first national registry for non-invasive cardiac imaging, ImageGuide Registry is receiving this important designation for the sixth consecutive year.